Parenting

I've been writing this blog since 2009, documenting my parenting struggles and sharing what I've learnt along the way. In that time my kids have gone from being babies and preschoolers to school-kids, adolescents and brand-new teenagers. Every stage has its challenges and its joys.

I don't pretend to be any kind of parenting expert, just a struggling mother of three dynamite, quirky kids. What I learn, I share here as I go along. Any great ideas I discover that work, I share here also, like one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread...


Mother-Love 
I'm the Mum Who... 
So I Yelled... 

the learning curve

Stuff I'm Learning that's Changing Everything
Never Ever... 
How I Turned my Reluctant Readers into Book Lovers
The Upside of Imperfection
What Kids Learn from Having a Dog

growing up

Mister In BeTween
Gobsmacked: The Kids STEP UP
Letting out the Leash
Countdown to a New Era (last baby goes to school)
Baby gets Enrolled
On Falling...
When Being the Youngest gets Tough
Meanness, Vulnerability and Kids on Social Media
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil (learning to speak up)
Detours, Road Blocks & Getting there Eventually
Cheer Up (why I love cheerleading in Spite of myself)
Baby turns Eight and Mum Ponders his Struggles
What Having a Dog is Teaching the Kids

teenage years

Help! I'm the Mother of a Teenager!
A Coming of Age Celebration (13th birthday)
Time Flies: First Day at High School & Intermediate
Parenting at the Pointy End
Flying a Kite is a Bit Like Parenting
How to Throw a Birthday Party for Your Teenager
After 17 Years as a Mum Here's What I've Learned...

stuff kids do

Strange But True (My Life is a Circus)
The Mysterious Case of the Missing Phone
A Toddler's Guide to Getting Attention
The Diva-ishness of Daughters
Miss Fab Saves a Bear
Scene and Heard
That Boy makes Me Laugh
Caught on Camera
Kids Say the Darndest things


quirky kids (dyslexia & adhd)

Grateful to finally Know - I'm Dyslexic
Taking the Long Way Round
Dyslexic Brains are Good Brains Too
Detours, Road Blocks & Getting there Eventually
The Upside of Imperfection
Turning my Reluctant Readers into Book Lovers
This is Normal, Apparently
The Perils of Thinking Straight
In Defence of Ritalin (and ADHD Kids)

personalities


ideas to make life easier

The Lazy Mother's Guide to Defeating Dudgery
Tidy Up Song
Manner Jar
Morning Rush
Breakfast Brilliance
Road Trip Peace
Appreciation Training
Printable Reward Routine and Chore Charts
Weighted Blanket Tutorial (for sleep problems)

family fun

Play (what I learnt  at a Parenting course)
Stuff I'm Learning that's Changing Everything
Great Outdoors
Letting out the Leash
Confessions of a Lazy Mother - Party Edition

school holiday fun ideas

Wet Day Fun Ideas you can Do at Home
Impromptu Garden Party
School Holiday Impromptu Lego Party
Book Party (school holidays)
Garden Fairy Party *Just because*
Star Wars Party *Just Because*
How to Host a PopUp cafe in Your Garden